JP Vossen on 13 May 2008 13:06:56 -0700

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[PLUG] Bad capacitors on motherboards

A while ago I had an odd problem with an old IBM desktop or three.  It 
turned out to be capacitors on the motherboard that went bad 
  And it turns out this is a much more wide-spread problem than I 
realized (

This time it's a small fanless backup PC.  2 out of 7 capacitors are 
obviously bad, but I'll replace all of them just to be safe 
  $6 for the parts and $6 for S&H.  Sigh.

If you have a PC that suddenly won't turn on or POST, if it isn't the 
power supply it may be this.  If you open up the case and see exploded 
or "swollen" capacitors, that's the problem.  See for details and pictures.

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